St John the Baptist Parish Church

Where a warm welcome awaits you

Christmas at St Johns


Sunday 17th December 6 pm
Traditional Nine Lessons & Carols
Sunday 24th December - Christmas Eve
3.30 pm – Crib Service - A family service particularly
                for those with younger children
11.30pm – Midnight Mass
Monday 25th December - Christmas Day
10 am – Family service with all Age Eucharist
Sunday 7th January
10 am – All Age Christingle & Toy service to celebrate Epiphany 


Christingle Epiphany Toy Service - 7th January

10 am Sunday 7th January

This is an all age service when we celebrate the Coming of the Wise Men at Epiphany, very much part of the Christmas story.

We support the Children’s Society with our collection and Christingles. The Christingles remind us that Jesus is the 'light of the world' just as He was shown to be to the Wise Men on the first Epiphany.

Donations of toys will go to Berkshire Women’s Aid to distribute at their local refuges. When children arrive they often have nothing, having fled abusive homes with their mothers. The toys will be greatly appreciated. They welcome new and good condition used toys.

Children are welcome to come dressed as wise men

Receiving Communion

The ministry team thought it might be helpful to inform newcomers and any who have forgotten some of the customs we have evolved over the years to ensure that things go smoothly.

  • When receiving the Wine, please hold your head up, and feel free to guide the tilt of the Cup by raising one hand to the foot of the Cup.
  • If you are receiving a blessing, or only receiving the Bread (possibly because you have a cold or a sore throat), please remain where you are until the person to your left has received the Wine.
  • Then, unless you are in the very centre of the Rail, please return to your seat by the long route indicated by the arrows on the diagram above.
  • If the member of the Welcome Team sees you need help coming up the Chancel steps he or she will have been instructed to help you come to the centre, and will help you down again after you have received Communion.